Adrenalin Fall 2016

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15 F A L L 2 0 1 6 | A D R E N A L I N A D R E N A L I N M A G . C A ACCOMMODATIONS: CROWD CONTROL Outside school hours, the city manages all school board-owned properties, giving it access to the entire facilities. "Usually, we use the high school, Le Boisé, to house athletes and their coaches. We can accommodate up to 100 teams," explains Gagné. Organizers transform classrooms into sleeping dorms, and participants bring air mattresses and sleeping bags. For teams sharing hotel rooms, Gagné says cots can be wheeled in to accommodate six athletes per room instead of four. During smaller tournaments, players are billeted in private homes. Le Classique de Basketball is the largest female basketball tournament in Canada, attracting up to 140 teams from Quebec, Ottawa and New Brunswick. Eighty-five teams sleep in high school classrooms, notes tournament president Jacques Provencher. For the Big League Championship in July, teams slept at Le Boisé and at College Clarétain, a private school with on-site dorms. An additional 30 rooms are available at Cégep de Victoriaville, and there's talk of transforming Complexe Sacré-Coeur, an abandoned seminary, into lodging for the sports tourism market. Offering cash-strapped teams affordable accommodations— such as nearby campgrounds—is a must these days, says Luc Létourneau, president of Tournois Soccer de Victoriaville. Its recent indoor spring tournament brought 40 teams to town, while an event in June featured 300 teams. "This summer, 50 teams stayed at the high school, paying $150 per team for the weekend," reports Létourneau. "We create a friendly atmosphere, where young people spend time together." — Wendy Helfenbaum Le Classique de Basketball Lait au Chocolat de Victoriaville Tournois Soccer de Victoriaville CHOOSE LETHBRIDGE

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